Now the kit is nice because it comes with most of the stuff you'll probably need (fermenter, ingredients like the grain and hops, glass thermometer, etc.). It does, however, assume you have a few kitchen items already, but I'll get to that in a sec. Overall the process was a pretty easy one. I think I was extra careful because it was my first time doing it, so I spent extra time making sure everything was sanitized thoroughly and that the temperature of all the items were as exactly stated in the recipe. Overall: Easy to do. Estimated cooking time is about 2 hours, so make sure you have at least 3 hours ready for this kit.
It's not to say that it was all "easy to do". The hard part came when I realized that some of the kitchen items I should have already had on hand were not on hand. Specifically the fine mesh strainer I was using was roughly 6-8 inches across and maybe 3-4 inches deep. This will not hold all of the grain for when you're making your wort. I had to do this part in batches and only having one large (over 6 quarts) stockpot made it even more difficult. When you start with this kit specifically, I would recommend having:
- 1x stockpot that can hold at least 6 quarts of water (2 quarts of water and the whole bag of grain)
- 1x stockpot that can hold at least 4 quarts of water (they make you boil water for making the wort)
- 1x stockpot that can hold at least 6 quarts of water (for when you pour the hot water over the grain in the mesh and collecting the grain for the first time)
- 1x large fine mesh strainer at least 9 inches across
- Something to store and measure a gallon of water (for sterilizing stuff)
So it has to do its thing for two weeks. I'll be back on the 3rd of February with more info on how the beer actually turned out.